All children, regardless of race, color, gender, national and ethnic background, religious beliefs or differing abilities are equal participants in our non-discriminatory program.


Peanut Free Zone!

We are a peanut safe facility that provides a nutritious breakfast, a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack (all meals prepared on site).  We also participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

We offer:

  • A new, safe, clean environment
  • State of the art security system
  • Strong academic program emphasizing reading and math
  • Nutritious snacks and meals
  • Parents are welcome to visit anytime

serving children ages 6 weeks to 24 months

The first 3 years of a baby’s life determines how their brains develop. They learn by exploring the world around them and by experiences. Stepping Stones realize that babies learn by investigating the surroundings that they are in by using the tools that they have been given: mouths, skin, eyes, ears and large muscles. Children need to feel safe and secure in their surroundings and thus needs a trusting relationship between them and their caregiver. Our caregivers provide that environment where babies have opportunities to feel, hear, see and touch.

Infants are assigned to a primary caregiver who will attend to their daily needs, provide the majority of formal and informal communication with parents. Parents receive a daily “infant gram” report of the child’s diaper changes, sleep times, food intake and disposition. Infant lesson plans are geared to each developmental level providing fun activities that involve all of their senses.

Teachers give your child a “step up” by helping them develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

Toddlers- serving children ages 24-36 months

Children in this age group are starting to master language and mobility and discovering a new world. The student teacher ratio is 1:6. Teachers encourage them to solve problems, make choices and practice self-help skills. The daily schedule of activities include art, music, story time, dramatic play, large motor activities and outdoor play.

Two of toddlers favorite words are “No” and “Mine”. Teachers create a stimulating and warm environment to help them grow and feel secure.

Teachers will assist children when they begin to show an interest from diapers to using the potty.

Preschoolers- serving children ages 3-5

Preschoolers are beginning to understand the world around them. The student teacher ratio is 1:8 for three year olds and 1:10 for 4 year olds. Teachers introduce them to academic subjects along with helping them practice decision-making and self-help skills. Preschoolers learn through active exploration building a strong foundation to build on.

Our curriculum for preschool is based on the following:

  • Creative Curriculum
  • Hands on Learning that addresses all areas of development:
    • Social, emotional, physical and intellectual
  • Handwriting Without Tears Program
  • Iowa Early Learning Standards
  • NAEYC Accreditation Expectations 

Our curriculum is a balance of academics and socialization that will provide a “stepping stone” to a positive school experience.

School Age Program- serving children kindergarten thru 5th grade

Our school age program is called “Kids Klub”.  It is located at West Elementary, the address is 306 South Park Lane. Their phone number is 641-891-2550 or you can call Stepping Stones Early Learning Center at 641-828-STEP. Kids Klub meets the licensing requirements set by the Department of Human Services. The program offers before and after school care, care during vacation days and early outs and summer child care. The Knoxville School Bus System provides transportation from Northstar Elementary school to West Elementary.

Activities include the following:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Games
  • Cooking
  • Computers
  • Nutritious snacks and meals
  • Field trips
  • Assistance with homework

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